|I am accused of interfering with
religion of my patients. This is not the case -
but if a particular passage in the Bible, or some religious belief affects the patient,
then I attack it.
~ Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
I am often asked what I call my cures. I answer, “The effect of a science - because I know how I do them.” If I did not know, they would be a mystery to the world and myself. Science is wisdom put into practice; for when it is understood, it ceases to be a science and becomes wisdom to all who know it. This is the case with all wisdom acknowledged by the natural man. To him it is a power or mystery, but to the wise it is wisdom.
The wise make this difference between the two wisdoms. The natural man's wisdom is based on an opinion; but the scientific man bases his on a wisdom that can be demonstrated by facts - and this demonstration is called “science.” So when we say that such-a-thing is based on a scientific principle, it is the same as saying that it is wisdom superior to an opinion.
There are certain truths admitted by the world as science; that is, they cannot explain them - but to such as have wisdom, there is no science but wisdom. All wisdom that has not been acknowledged by the natural man is called a power or gift or spiritual demonstration; not a science. The curing of disease has never been acknowledged to be under any wisdom superior to the medical faculty, so they, by their opinions, have kept the world in darkness, till now - and how much longer they will do so, I cannot tell.
Now to put the world in possession of a wisdom that will make the natural man acknowledge a science is to admit the person who teaches it superior to the medical men. This is what I am trying to do, and if I succeed in changing the minds of men enough to investigate, they will see that disease is what follows an opinion - and that wisdom that will destroy the opinion will make the cure. Then the cure will be attributed to a superior wisdom, not a power.
I will give one or two illustrations to show what must come to pass and how the people must be divided, since they cannot serve God and Mammon; for if a person believes one - he cannot believe his doctor or anything that makes him sick.
I am accused of interfering with the religion of my patients. This is not the case; but if a particular passage in the Bible or some religious belief affects the patient, then I attack it. For instance, a person gets nervous from his belief that he has committed the “unpardonable sin.” His wisdom is attached to the sin of his belief, and his belief is someone's opinion about some passage in the Bible that he believes applies to his case. I know this is all false, so of course I have to destroy his opinion - and this destroys the effect, which is the disease. His senses are attached to an opinion; mine are detached from the opinion and attached to the wisdom that shows the absurdity of the opinion. Their wisdom is of man; mine is of God (or Science). All disease is the punishment of our belief - either directly or indirectly; and our senses are in our punishments. My senses are attached to the wisdom that sees through the opinion, so that my love (or wisdom) casteth out their disease (or fear); for their fear hath torment, and perfect wisdom casteth out all opinions.
Now it never entered man's brain that man's wisdom is a part of himself. The natural man speaks of wisdom as a science, which he has not got but wants to get - so of course his senses are not in the thing he has not got. The wise man has what the natural man is looking for and does not know it - when it is in his very thoughts. We talk about the very wisdom that the natural man calls a gift. He calls it a science - when he is the very science, himself, and knows it not.
I will make one illustration. Everyone will admit that a musician can play by note and compose music and teach it to another. This is a science. Now is it wisdom above the man who cannot play or compose? All will say, “Yes.” His wisdom is a mystery to the natural man, but he knows that he can teach that wisdom to another; and he calls it a science, to distinguish it from that wisdom that arises from an opinion. The musician's senses are in his wisdom; the natural man's senses are in his opinions. One is of this world; the other is of a wisdom far above. To be born again is to get the natural man's senses out of his opinions and attach them to wisdom. The science of music is lost in wisdom. Then his wisdom of opinions has become subject to his wisdom of truth.
These are the two kingdoms - and every man is subject to one or the other. Each man contains them both and is judged according to his acts. One is eternal, and the other must come to an end. And as man has borne the one of opinions, he must also bear the other; for opinions cannot live where wisdom is.